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NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE OUSTS PM RAJOY

- Daily Telegraph

Pedro Sanchez, the leader of Spain’s socialist party, will take office Saturday as the country’s new prime minister, having led a swift campaign to remove Mariano Rajoy, pictured at left below.

Sanchez, a pro-European moderate, squeezed through a vote of no-confidence in Rajoy, whose People’s Party (PP) has been mired in a corruption scandal. It comes as the crisis in Catalonia overcame a major milestone, with Madrid agreeing to lift direct rule on the separatist-controlled Barcelona parliament.

Sanchez said Friday that his government would resume dialogue with Catalonia’s pro-independen­ce forces, after he relied on separatist­s in the Spanish parliament to help him push Rajoy out of office.

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